Jenny Watson, 'Self portrait, Kings Road, London 1966', 1986, synthetic polymer paint and gouache on paper, Museum of Contemporary Art, gift of Loti Smorgon and Victor Smorgon, 1995. © Courtesy the artist and MCA, Sydney


17 Jan 2012 to 08 Apr 2012 – The Ian Potter Museum of Art – The University of Melbourne

Here, there and everywhere is the inaugural Vizard Foundation Contemporary Art Project, a creative initiative designed to enable mid-career and senior artists to explore new directions in their practice. Jenny Watson is the first of three annual Vizard Foundation Contemporary Artists.

Here, there and everywhere presents a selection of works produced or exhibited by Jenny Watson outside Australia since 1972, and a new commission that reflects on this distinctive aspect of her experience. Watson’s career has flourished in the many countries where she has worked and exhibited. This exhibition brings together nearly 50 rarely seen paintings and works on paper, providing insight into the themes of internationalism, cosmopolitanism, locality and personal expression that have shaped Watson’s art.

The exhibition will introduce dominant themes in the history of modern Australian culture: the impact of distance and isolation, the conflict between local and international identity, the positive and negative character of globalism, the potentially debilitating effects of expatriatism and cosmopolitanism. It will trace Watson’s efforts to construct a practice and a persona that allows a critical negotiation of the experience of being here, there and everywhere.

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